Common Causes of Clogged Drains

pipe-flowIf there is one guarantee in life, it’s that you’ll run into a clogged drain eventually.

Seeing that in print makes us realize that maybe this isn’t the catchiest phrase, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s true. You are going to encounter clogged drains in your home at some point. When you do, you should at least know that you haven’t willingly, if unwittingly, contributed to those clogs. That’s where today’s post comes into play.

You’re not doing it on purposes, we realize, but there is a good chance that some practices in your home are actually contributing to your slow-moving or backed up drains. Keep the following information in mind, and you just may be surprised at how much you are able to reduce the occurrence of clogs in your property. There’s no fix-all cure, but if you can limit drain clogs in your home, why not do everything possible? Then, when you do run into a clog, be sure to call us to work with a trusted plumber in Chester, VT.

Are You Using Your Garbage Disposal Properly?

Yes, you read that correctly. There are ways in which to use your garbage disposal improperly. And no, we are not just talking about failing to run water when you turn the disposal on—though that certainly is something that you should be doing each and every time.

We are talking about putting only appropriate materials down your garbage disposal. This doesn’t just mean avoiding very hard items, but very absorbent items, too. If you put a bunch of pasta, rice, or beans down the disposal, for instance, then those materials can absorb water and swell up in your drains. When that happens, they can cause serious clogs. Put them in the trash or compost, instead.

What Are You Flushing Down the Toilet?

Okay, stop. You don’t literally have to detail everything you’re flushing. Some things are consistent across the board. Let’s leave it at that. Let’s instead focus on those things that you may be flushing down your toilet, but which you really shouldn’t!

We’re talking about anything other than waste and water, with the sole exception of toilet paper. That means no baby wipes. It means no sanitary napkins. It means that even those products advertising themselves as being flushable are issuing a challenge that you shouldn’t put your plumbing system up to. Trust us when we tell you that we’ve seen the clogs such products can lead to.

Are You Having Your Drains Professionally Cleaned?

When you encounter clogs and backups in your plumbing system, are you trying to resolve the problem on your own every time? We’re not saying that it’s impossible to deal with clogs and backups on your own, but we are saying it’s really a job best left to professional plumbers.

The drain snakes and chemical cleaners that you can buy at your local hardware store have their places, but they are not going to get you the results that professional drain cleaning services would.

Schedule your plumbing services with HB Energy Solutions. HB Energy Solutions delivers peace of mind.

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